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One of Your Dental Implants Feels Loose Here Is What To Do
Posted on 3/7/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
Receiving dental implants helps restore your bite function and enhance oral hygiene. While dental implants have a high success rate, it does not mean they are free from risks and complications. After the installation of dental implants, complications may arise that cause the implants to become loose. When that happens, you need to know what to do.
Why Implants Feel Loose
Your dental implants could feel loose if the restoration is. In this case, the implant itself isn't loose, but the restoration. If the crown, denture, or bridge on top of the implant incurs damage, it can make it feel loose. Things like teeth grinding, normal wear and tear, or hard impacts to your face can be culprits for a loose restoration.
Another reason for loose implants is having a failed osseointegration. If the implant becomes loose a few years after placement, it may be due to the failure of the bone to fuse or integrate with the implant. Pre-existing health conditions and failure to follow post-op instructions can result in failed osseointegration.
Also, an infection known as peri-implantitis may cause the implant to become loose. It may also cause redness, swelling, as well as pain in the gums surrounding the implant. The use of tobacco, poor oral hygiene, and uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of having peri-implantitis.
What to Do
If you notice that your implant feels loose, it is paramount you contact an implant specialist. Don't wait too long because it could worsen the problem. If there is an infection and you allow more time without seeing a dentist, it could spread beyond the mouth, causing systemic illnesses. Talk to our oral surgeon today to have your implants and restorations checked. The specialist will recommend the right action to take. If it is a damaged restoration, you may need replacement. If peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration are causing the implant to become loose, you may need more extensive treatment. Contact us today.